Marlins Back At .500 After Completing Sweep of First Place Braves

The Marlins came from behind to finish off a sweep of the Braves on Thursday and moved back to .500

The Miami Marlins completed a sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday with a 5-4 victory in comeback fashion to move them back to .500 on the year.

Casey McGehee picked up the game winning hit in the eighth inning when he brought home Christian Yelich. Prior to that hit, Giancarlo Stanton had tied it with a single of his own that plated pinch-hitter Reed Johnson. The inning had started with back-to-back singles by Johnson and Yelich to set the table for the middle of the Marlins' suddenly potent lineup.

McGehee had a big day as he also brought home the first run of the game with an RBI double in the first inning. It was the seventh double of the year for McGehee who was once again in the cleanup spot in this game.

Garrett Jones hit his fifth home run of the year in what has been a powerful year for the lineup thus far. Jones also singled and walked to reach base three times as the first baseman continues to turn things around after a sluggish start to his season. 

Henderson Alvarez was not at his best but he also wasn't terrible in this game. The right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings of work but three of those runs came on one swing of the bat by B.J. Upton.

It was one of two home runs given up by Alvarez in the game, an area he has struggled with at times in his career. Alvarez who remains 1-2 on the season struck out four and walked two.

Mike Dunn continued to turn his season around with a perfect seventh inning that included a pair of strikeouts. A.J. Ramos worked the eighth continuing his role as the primary set-up man, but was lifted with runners on the corners and two outs.

Steve Cishek was brought in to attempt a rare four-out save. Cishek walked the first batter he faced to load the bases but then struck out the next hitter to end the rally. Cishek stayed in for the ninth and picked up his sixth save of the year/

Miami will try to win their fourth game in a row on Friday when the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town. The scheduled starter for Miami is Tom Koehler.

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